• Guidelines on Selecting a Project Topic

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  • MOMENTUM TOPIC AREAS

    MOMENTUM topic areas are the United Nations'

    17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Please pick your topic area(s) within the SDGs.

  • Pick your own topic or

    join a design challenge

    You can pick your own social issue OR 

    join one of the design challenges proposed by MOMENTUM's partners

    What is a design challenge?

    • MOMENTUM collaborates with several corporations, NGOs and social enterprises to provide a number of "design challenges" that you can solve through your social innovation project. Design challenges help you look at a particular social issue from a more professional perspective. These enterprises and organizations also provide support during the competition.
    • Note that regardless of whether you choose a design challenge or select your own social issue, the judges will review your project equally.

     

     

    What should I do

    if I join a design challenge?

    • You can select a design challenge in the registration form. You must complete the registration by Apr 1.
    • The partners hosting the design challenge will decide if you are qualified to join. If you are selected, they will provide training or consultation opportunities to help you better understand your design challenge and prepare for follow-up tasks.
    • If you are not selected, you can still participate in MOMENTUM, but you will have to join another design challenge OR pick your own social issue.

    Who should join a design challenge?

    • If you are particularly interested in the design challenges we offer;
    • If you do not know which social issue you want to work on;
    • If you need access to more resources;

    You should choose a design challenge!

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    Who should pick his/her own social issue?

    • If you already have a social issue of particular interest to you;
    • If you already have certain experience in a particular field;
     

    You should choose your own social issue!

    Tips on picking your own social issue

  • Tips on picking

    a social issue

    for your project

    Segment Broad Issues

    Drive big change with a small and concrete action

    When it comes to social issues, people's general instinct is to think of very broad topics like "environmental protection" and "social justice", but to solve such a large-scale problem is a non-starter. Instead, think about the specific implications of these big problems within everyday life and start from there. For example, "reducing wasted toilet paper" is a much more specific issue than "reducing wasted paper".

    Draw Inspiration from Everyday Life

    Reject ideas that are distant from your reality

    Many students choose issues such as "Care for Left-Behind Children", "Helping People with Disabilities", and "Rural Area Education". Their projects are often superficial and can not really help these people, as they rarely have an actual connection with them. In fact, the more familiar you are with the issues, the better chance you have of making a difference. Take a very reflective look at your own life and those of the people around you, and identify an opportunity for action.

    Keep Implementation in Mind

    Seek concrete changes, not fantasies

    You have to consider the feasibility of your ideas. At the end of the day, if your ideas cannot be turned into reality, your efforts will be a waste of time and resources. Choosing a social issue that you are familiar with and that you know is manageable will greatly enhance the possibility of successfully implementing your solution.

  • List of Design Challenges

    Scroll down for more details in the next section!

    United Nations Development Programme

    (UNDP)

    Design Challenge 1: Reduce the packaging waste from delivery services

    Design Challenge 2: Maintain a balance between the growth of tourism and environmental protection

    Design Challenge 3: Improve the living conditions of migrant workers in cities

    Hands On

    Design assistive devices to improve the quality of life for children missing limbs

    PEER

    Use the creation of multimedia story make traditional culture of the community or hometown better inherit and develop

    TuneYou

    Design computer games for the blind

  • Details of Design Challenges

    No.1: Reduce the packaging waste from delivery services

    SDGs: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Design Challenge Background

    There has been massive recent development of China's delivery services, and lurking behind this development is the overuse of packaging materials and the lack of systematic recycling. You order a phone case online and when it arrives, you see that the packaging used is actually 3 times the weight of the case itself! All the packaging involved in this delivery will eventually be destroyed. Simultaneously, a lot of these packaging materials are made from resistant materials which make it very difficult for them to degrade and can be very harmful to natural surfaces; the disposal of these items also leads to soil and water pollution, and the lack of any systematic approach to recycling has lead to very visible pollution.
    Exactly how we are going to reduce this wastage and encourage recycling is a very pertinent issue, and something which you could potentially play a part in solving!

     

    Participant Requirements

    No age, geographical or linguistic restrictions

     

    Maximum Number of Teams

    2

    Out of Spot

     

    Latest Registration Time

    23:59 (GMT+8), Apr 1

    No.2: Maintain a balance between the growing tourism and environmental protection

    SDGs: Responsible Consumption and Production, Life Below Water, Life On Land

    Design Challenge Background

    Travel has gone from being a rare luxury to a frequent event in peoples lives. Therefore, villages, countrysides, mountains and deserts that are far from the big cities and enable people to see different scenery are getting more and more visitors, but how do we make people do this in a responsible way?
    How do you factor in the needs of the locals when you are travelling? Is there any way to help the local economy whilst travelling?
    What are the specific areas that tourists are polluting? How can we preserve the beauty of these places?

     

    Participant Requirements

    No age, geographical or linguistic restrictions

     

    Maximum Number of Teams

    2

     

    Latest Registration Time

    23:59 (GMT+8), Apr 1

    No.3: Improve the living conditions of migrant workers in cities

    SDGs: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities

    Design Challenge Background

    China is in the process of urbanization. Hundreds of millions of migrant workers are being integrated into cities, and their role in expanding these cities has been instrumental. They carry reinforced concrete to build tall buildings; they put food on your table; they make sure your apartment is safe at night, they give people in the city a better life. But with very low wages and difficult living circumstances, migrant workers have a very difficult time finding a comfortable existence for themselves. They live separate from the rest of society.
    Improving their living conditions in these urban areas and providing them with an environment they can call a home are the challenges that you and I can share as one.
     

     

    Participant Requirements

    No age, geographical or linguistic restrictions

     

    Maximum Number of Teams

    2

     

    Latest Registration Time

    23:59 (GMT+8), Apr 1

     

    Introduction

    UNDP is the largest development network of the United Nations helping countries to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

    Website

     

    UNDP will provide guidance on the SDG-related content for the MOMENTUM competition. These materials cannot be used for profit-making purposes.

    Design assistive devices to improve the quality of life for children missing limbs

    Topic Partner: Hands On

    SDGs: Good Health & Well-Being, Reduced Inequalities

    Design Challenge Background

    According to statistics, there are about 1.1 million children in China in need of prosthetic limbs, about two-thirds of whom are living in difficult economic conditions and under-developed areas. Limb-loss is further complicated with children due to the fact that they are continuously growing, thus their prosthetic needs are ever-changing. At this point in time, there is no clear solution as to what do about this. In the face of this complex challenge, many are turning to the likes of 3D printing and other new technologies to remedy this situation.

     

    Participant Requirements

    No age, geographical restrictions;

    At least 1 team member with fluent Chinese skills;

    Only open to students who have participated in (or plan to participate in) Tech for Good programs.

     

    Maximum Number of Teams

    10

     

    Latest Registration Time

    23:59 (GMT+8), Apr 1

     

    Partner Introduction

    Hands On use 3D printing technology to create prosthetics for children in need. They aim to use innovative technology to lift those living in impoverished areas of society.

    Use the creation of multimedia story make traditional culture of the community or hometown better inherit and develop

    Topic Partner: PEER

    SDGs: Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Design Challenge Background

    With the rapid development of China's society, the growing imbalance between its economic and cultural development is becoming more and more prominent. While the government has been increasing the protection of key cultural projects, the protection of local traditional culture is not effective, and many regional cultures are facing the plight of extinction. How could we balance between inheritance and innovation of traditional cultures by examining their past and present? How could we utilize science and technology - this "double-edged sword" - so that we can better integrate modern and traditional culture? How could more people take the initiative to participate in the protection of traditional culture?

     

    Participant Requirements

    No linguistic, geographical restrictions;

    9th Grade and above;

     

    Maximum Number of Teams

    4

     

    Latest Registration Time

    23:59 (GMT+8), Apr 1

     

    Partner Introduction

    PEER is a Beijing-based NGO that promotes educational equality within low-income regions in China.
    By August 2017, PEER has organized 59 Summer Programs, 8 Winter Programs, 5 Special Programs at 25 high school in Hunan, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Gansu, Guangxi, and Jilin Provinces. We have directly served more than 4200 students and almost 1100 volunteers. Meanwhile, we have launched 6 Long-term Programs and established digital community centers “PEER Space” in 8 high schools in Hunan. We have conducted experiments in humanity and quality education in “PEER Space” and 10,000 teachers and students have taken advanced of those “PEER Spaces”.

    Design computer games for the blind

    Topic Partner: TuneYou

    SDGs: Good Health & Well-Being, Reduced Inequalities

    Design Challenge Background

    These days, the blind and visually imparied can use the basic functions of computers and phones quite effectively thanks to the development of specialized software. However, as for the games that are played on these phones and computers, there are very few developers working on ones which the blind and visually impaired can play independently. As a result, the blind and visually impaired receive a much more stale and uninteresting virtual experience. As mobile and tablet gaming become an ever more common passtime within our society, these people find themselves increasingly more alienated from mainstream society.

     

    Participant Requirements

    No age, geographical restrictions;

    At least 1 team member with fluent Chinese skills

     

    Maximum Number of Teams

    4

     

    Latest Registration Time

    23:59 (GMT+8), Apr 1

     

    Partner Introduction

    TuneYou, a team composed by several optimistic blind fellows, was led by Zhang Ping who has developed about 15 different games which were all free for blind players since 2007. Meanwhile, in 2012, he and his team built tingyouwang.com, the sole website specified in audio games in China, to provide the blind with all the games accessible to them and a platform to exchange opinions and experiences.
    Till now, TuneYou not only brought a new form of recreation and a more colourful life to thousands of blind players, but also reflected the real desire and needs of the blind, built the bridge between the blind and the rest of the world.

    Click here to learn more about TuneYou